--We are informed that one entire Mississippi
regiment of twelve months men, serving on the Potomac
, have resolved, to a man, at the expiration of their present term, to re-enlist.
This is what we might have expected of a gallant and patriotic people.
It stands out in refreshing contrast to the conduct of the Yankee
troops, who, as soon as their time is up, rush home, leaving their cause and their flag to go to destruction their own way. The virtual desertion of their country in the hour of need has made them the laughing stock of all Christendom.
We scarcely see an article from a foreign paper which does not express combined amusement and amazement at the promptitude of the Yankees
in leaving the service as soon as their time is up. Yet, after all, such extraordinary conduct has in them, at least, this extenuation, that they are not engaged in defending their own homes and firesides, and that, though they leave, they lose nothing but the chance of glory, which, as it will not pay a man's house rent or his market bill, they don't think worth fighting for.
It the Yankees
, in leaving when their time was up, had left the road open to their hearth-stones and altars, and no farther obstacle to the march of a foe who had proclaimed in advance that he meant to desolate and defile their homes, they would have given a proof of utter recreancy and degradation, such as has not yet added the finishing blackness to their smutty character.
We have therefore never for a moment entertained the supposition that the army of the South
would leave the service of their country, of their homes and families, at the end of their present term of enlistment.
We say the service of their country,
for this is a war of the country,
and not of any Government, and our soldiers are fighting for the country
and for their wives and children,
for freedom and independence; and, therefore, however irksome military discipline may be, and however unjust and negligent may be the treatment they sometimes receive from officers, they submit to it cheerfully, looking upon these and all other trials and inconveniences as a part of the price they pay for freedom, and to be borne with fortitude and determination, as they bear bad weather and the pains of bullet and bayonet wounds.
The private soldiers of the Confederate Army mostly gentlemen, and the equals in every respect of their officers, have entered the army not for pay and emolument, but from an honest desire to serve their country, and hence we believe that, like the noble Mississippi
regiment, they will stand by her and serve her to the end. If the officers of the army would rival the devotion of the privates, and entitle themselves to an equal share in the country's gratitude, they must view with each other in the most energetic and systematic measures for the comfort, health, happiness, and efficiency of the men.